ANC plans to prosecute rights’ violators
24 December 2007
The Daily Times
New Delhi: The Jammu and Kashmir Awami National Conference (ANC) led by former Chief Minister G M Shah has decided to engage a battery of eminent lawyers to prosecute perpetrators of human rights violations. Buoyed over the Indian Supreme Court’s recent concerns over human rights and its tough stand on Gujarat fake encounters, an ANC delegation led by its legal cell chief Mohammad Shafi Mir, and senior working committee member Muzaffar Shah have been meeting eminent lawyers for the past few days to initiate legal proceedings against the Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and the Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda in the apex court. The party holds them “squarely responsible” for increasing human rights violations. “The Chief Minister, as the head of the Unified Command constituted by the Government of India, and the Director General of Police, cannot escape accepting responsibility for the gruesome killings being carried on in the State on the pretext of enforcing law and order. The party held them equally responsible and accountable for the loss of lives and property in the state,” said a release issued by the party. Besides engaging top lawyers in Delhi, the release stated that the party will also involve Kashmir Bar Association for preparing and filing cases against top the political and executive functionaries. Citing some recent such incidents, the party has referred to the December 16 police firing in Kakroosa village in Handwara, the November 17 killings of civilians in Damhal Hanjipora and several other killings allegedly by the Special Operations Group (SoG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police.